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Sun And Showers For Florida; Laura Slams Into Louisiana

Thursday features mostly sunny skies alternating with a few quick showers in the morning.  More showers and maybe a storm will develop in spots during the afternoon.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Atlantic beaches.  Highs on Thursday will be in the low 90s — but it will feel well in excess of 100 degrees, so stay out of the sun and stay hydrated.

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Friday will be another late August day of good sun in the morning and showers and storms in spots during the afternoon.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Saturday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with afternoon showers and storms.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

The pattern continues on Sunday, with partly cloudy skies in the morning and showers and storms developing by midafternoon.  Sunday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Monday’s forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds alternating with showers and storms.  Highs on Monday will be in the low 90s.

Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane overnight.  This powerful and dangerous hurricane continued to bring extreme winds and life-threatening storm surge to the area Thursday morning — and the damage is likely to be catastrophic.  At 5 am, Laura was located near 30.5 North, 93.4 West, and was moving north at 15 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 120 miles per hour.  Laura will slowly weaken as it makes it way northward and then northeastward through much of the Mississippi Valley and the mid-Atlantic.  Even after its winds diminish, Laura will continue to bring flooding rains to the region into the weekend.

Elsewhere in the tropics, we’re watching a wave that has just emerged off the African coast.  This wave has a low chance of development during the next 5 days.

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.